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Friday, 28 April 2017

RIP Cathryn


Cathryn - a name synonymous with Cathryn Stevenson, one time matriarch of the fishing family and for many years...


the inshore trawler that bore her name in the port - until yesterday, when she was carefully lifted out of the water for the final time...


as far as we know, the man in the red boiler suit did survive the move...


here is the Cathryn some ten years ago...


landing to the market late one afternoon, her skipper for many years was one of Newlyn's fishing characters, a certain Edwin Madron, seen here hooking up a basket from his day's fishing...


for a small boat she had plenty of deck space owing mainly to her compact winch...


as a day boat she would leave the harbour early in the morning...


and return later - back in the day she often worked with one or two hands...


while in later years the hugely experienced ex-lifeboat Penlee lifeboat crew Edwin...



fished many trips single-handed, seemingly at times having to wrestle with the 'old girl' as he called her...


many years before the Cathryn, Edwin skippered the Nicola Marie before enjoying an extended break across the water in and around Dumnore East...




we can thank Tony Cuthbertson for capturing a little of the character that was Edwin on film - it would be a tough call to know who had the greater number of stories to tell, the Cathryn built in 1955 or Edwin!